Carlos Santana Looking to Reform Classic Santana Lineup
Carlos Santana has revealed he is looking to reform the original Santana lineup for his next album.
Last week Journey's Neal Schon inadvertently let slip that he was to begin working with Santana again for the first time in 40 years.
However now the man himself has confirmed the news and has
announced that both Michael Carabello and
Michael Shrieve as well as Gregg
Rolie will also take part. The only members of the
original lineup not to be involved is percussionist Jose
'Chepito' Areas and bassist Dave Brown,
who passed away in 2000.
Santana told Vintage Vinyl News:
"As well as Neal we have the two Mikes, Mike Carabello and Michael Shrieve. I am pretty sure Greg [Rolie]'s going to do it. So that is pretty much everyone."
The 'classic era' line-up played together on just one album, 1971's 'Santana III' which marked Schon's debut with the legendary outfit before forming Journey.
Santana is without doubt looking forward to returning to the band's roots, as he explains:
"We have been checking out a lot of African music, African patterns. Each artist has his own thing that he listens to. Led Zeppelin listened to Otis Rush, Cream listened to Freddie King and Albert King. We all had someone - it was a beautiful common ground for Santana to play African music."
The project is due to commence later this year, with a release
planned for 2014.